Founding fathers seem to dispute deist label
Recently professor (B.J.) Paschal said (in a guest column Jan. 9) that the founding fathers were at best deist if not agnostic.
Being a professor I know that he is interested in research and would have no problem researching that statement. When doing historical research, the earlier the document, the closer to the truth. I would suggest that all interested in this research go to Wallbuilders.com and read the link to founding fathers and Jesus. That link contains letters and articles written by the founding fathers themselves.
After reading the articles, you might be interested in researching what percent of the signers of the Declaration of Independence held theological degrees and what percent were ministers. All that information is available at that site. By the way, the percentage is close to 50 percent. I wonder what history book the professor read?
Operation Christmas Child helped many
Thanks to the generous efforts of Fort Wayne residents, thousands of hurting children worldwide will have the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas. Fort Wayne-area residents joined Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, to pack 29,993 shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and necessity items. These gift-filled shoeboxes are making their way – or have already – into the hands of needy children in 100 receiving countries.
On behalf of our community, I would like to thank the volunteers at local collection sites and everyone who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. For many of the children receiving these boxes, the simple shoebox will be the first gift they have ever received.
Although the Fort Wayne drop-off location is closed until November, gifts are received throughout the year at Samaritan's Purse, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607. To get involved year-round in helping children in need through Operation Christmas Child, go online to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ or call 937-374-0761.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide!
Bonnie Freeman, Great Lakes Regional Director, Operation Christmas Child
Let’s recognize 2nd Amendment on Feb. 2
Instead of watching “Groundhog Day” over and over, I would like to propose starting a new tradition on Feb. 2. I feel it would be entirely appropriate to use the second day of the second month to celebrate the 2nd Amendment.
I would suggest getting a few $2 bills the next time you go to the bank. Spend them, use them for tips or ask for them in change on that day to remind people of this important right.
You might also fold one into a ribbon shape and pin it to your lapel to raise awareness. It might also be a good day to safely enjoy shooting sports. And if you have a permit to carry, please exercise your right to keep and bear arms.